Wednesday, March 27, 2019

"Edvard Munch's Scream isn't screaming, says British Museum"

Oh dear.
Don't tell the Norwegians.

From The Telegraph:
Look at Edvard Munch’s Scream and what do you see? According to the British Museum, you may have it all wrong.

Many people believe it shows a man screaming. Not so, says the museum, which is about to display a black and white print of the image.

“This rare version of the Scream that we’re displaying at the British Museum makes clear that Munch’s most famous artwork depicts a person hearing a ‘scream’ and not, as many people continue to assume and debate, a person screaming,” said Giulia Bartrum, curator of a forthcoming exhibition devoted to the Norwegian artist.

The lithograph, unlike the coloured works, features an inscription by Munch that reads: “I felt the great scream throughout nature.”

It is a reference to his inspiration for the painting. Munch was walking by a fjord overlooking Oslo in 1892 when the sky turned blood red, a sight that had a profound effect upon him.....MORE